Radiant heating Rumford fireplaces that heat people instead of the air are great for extending the hour and the season of an outdoor space. Rumford fireplaces are more popular now than at any time since 1850.

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We have an inventory of K&W Manufacturing, R H Peterson and Superior Clay Products fireplace components in the store that you can purchase for your home projects. We have knowledgeable staff to help you with your fireplace choices. There are a lot of options as you can see in the photos on this page!

The legendary heating efficiency of the Rumford is attractive to those who are building energy efficient homes and are concerned about air quality. Rumford fireplaces are tall and shallow to reflect more heat. They have streamlined throats to eliminate turbulence and carry away the smoke with little loss of heated room air.

Rumford understood that the only useful heat generated by a fireplace was radiant heat. The air that the fire heated was mixed with smoke and went up the chimney. So Rumford made a fireplace that had a big, tall and wide opening and was very shallow with widely splayed covings or jambs to reflect as much radiant heat out into the room as possible.  History of the Rumford fireplace

Outdoor fireplaces are built just like indoor fireplaces (so you can use all the plans on the Buckley Rumford
Plans and Instructions Page except that you don’t need a damper.  You do need to use hydraulic-setting non-water soluble refractory mortar and usually the clearance-to-combustibles and other code issues are easier to follow.

Any outdoor fireplace may smoke in a breeze so shelter the fireplace from the wind, build the chimney as tall as you can and build the fireplace opening a little lower to improve draft.

You can add a chimney pot to increase the effective height of the chimney. Click here to see the Superior Clay chimney pot gallery.

Chimney Pot FAQs

Cooking Fireplaces and Bake Ovens

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Photos courtesy of Rumford